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Attorney Morley Koffman, Lionsgate Board Member, Dies at 85

Attorney Morley Koffman, a longtime member of the Lionsgate board, died Sunday in his home town of Vancouver, B.C. He was 85.

Koffman was a founding partner of the Vancouver business law firm Koffman Kalef with over 50 years of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the attorney general of British Columbia in 1986.

He was an 18-year member of Lionsgate’s board of directors, a member of its audit and risk committee, and the chairman of its nominating and corporate governance committee.

“Mr. Koffman was an exceptional director who provided valuable insight and contributions to both the board of directors and the company,” Lionsgate said in a statement. “Mr. Koffman will be greatly missed.”

Koffman attended law school at the University of British Columbia. When he was 25, he became a name partner at the new firm Freeman, Freeman, Silvers and Koffman, which became known as Freeman and Company. The Koffman Kalef firm was created in 1993 by a number of the partners of that firm.

Koffman continued working, even from his hospital bed at many times over the past few years, until a few weeks before he died. In 2010, at the age of 80, he was selected by “Best Lawyers” peer review publication as the corporate lawyer of the year for British Columbia and was the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from UBC law school.

He is survived by his his widow Myrna Koffman, his daughter Lori Koffman, his son Ted Koffman, his son Robert Koffman; his eight granddaughters; and his sister.

Funeral services will be held at the Beth Israel Cemetery in Burnaby on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

 

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